Coaching for Project Managers

First, what is a Project Manager (PM)?  The Project Management Institute (PMI) defines a Project Manager as change agents: they make project goals their own and use their skills and expertise to inspire a sense of shared purpose within the project team.  Project managers cultivate the people skills to develop trust and communication amongst a project’s stakeholders.  In the case of a PM, coaching is a great asset because coaching involves adjusting to different styles and motivating follow through.

A PM works with their team as well as individuals.  Coaching also works with teams and individuals.  Coaching supports exploring options and empowers people to arrive at their solution.  Coaches partner with individuals to strategize and plan their actions.  If a PM completes coaching certification, then they are enhancing their skill set for moving a project forward and motivating follow through.  Whether to help meet a milestone on the project or to move past a challenge, coaching makes a powerful difference.

After the PM has built a relationship with an individual on the team, examples of questions that coach training teaches the PM to utilize include:

  • What is the status of your involvement with the project now?
  • What motivates you to move it forward?
  • Where do you want the project to be?
  • What is your plan to meet your milestones?
  • How will you support meeting project milestones?

As the PM, use coaching skills to discuss projects with individuals or team members.   This will support gaining a better snapshot of the progress and how to move the project forward.   Specific techniques from coaching support deepening the conversation for complete information on project specifics that affect the outcome.

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